Add new comment

So what should you call them?  I don't necessary disagree with you, but you did not offer an alternative.  When most people you the term "non-believer," they are using it simply to refer to a group of people who are identified by what they do not believe as opposed to what they believe.  I agree that "non-believers" often hold deep moral convictions.  Nevertheless, religious peoples (Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc.) are identifiable because of their "shared" moral beliefs.  If "non-believers" had a shared moral identity, we would refer to them based on that identity.  The lack of identity requires us to refer to them in reference to people who have a shared religious beliefs.

My point is:  there is no malice behind the term.